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Expat Observations From Wiesbaden

Expat Observations From Wiesbaden

  Scattered below, in no certain order, are observations I’ve made since moving to the land of lederhosen and schnitzel.  If you have opinions you’d like to share, please leave a comment below… When greeting a couple, German men often extend their hand to the […]

Papier-Art: Where Ephemera Fit For Royalty Resides

Papier-Art: Where Ephemera Fit For Royalty Resides

Like his fraying parchment colored linen shirt, Husam (Sam) Al-Badri is a soul who seems to have lived many lives. Born in Baghdad, Sam learned to bind books by age twelve. Adulthood brought him to Berlin, where he went on to build a successful career as […]

The Schwarzer Bock Hotel

The Schwarzer Bock Hotel

Dieter Ege’s gunmetal rimmed spectacles complemented his well-groomed gray mane.  A tailored suit rested on shoulders with impeccable posture while a crisp white collar framed a poised jawline. For 30 years Mr. Ege has managed a historical property in Wiesbaden, the Schwarzer Bock Hotel.    […]

Flammkuchen: Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free

Flammkuchen: Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free

In Wiesbaden, regardless of season, there is a tasty staple at every festival – Flammkuchen. Pizza dough is heavy and requires more effort than its German cousin, flammkuchen.  With a quartet of simple ingredients (water, flour, oil and salt) and the omission of yeast, this […]

 Dale’s Cake Café

 Dale’s Cake Café

A door handle disguised as a rolling pin, that was enough to get me through the door of Dale’s Cake Cafe.  But it’s the chandelier dangling over a glass case filled with an assortment of mouth-watering baked sweets and savory quiches that brings me back.  […]

Buch-Café Nero39: A Sanctuary For Book Lovers

Buch-Café Nero39: A Sanctuary For Book Lovers

Christopher Deyer and his wife Antje Probst surround themselves with objects they love and value – books.  In 2014 the couple opened a shop where bookworms would feel at home, Buch-Café Nero39.  They chose a beautiful location off a quiet street.  The store’s interior includes original […]

Schweinepfeffer – Paprika Pork Stew

Schweinepfeffer – Paprika Pork Stew

  Autumn is coming.  In anticipation for my favorite season, I recently cracked open The German Cookbook by Mimi Sheraton (former New York Times restaurant critic).  Thumbing through I found a stew that sounded filling and easy, Paprika Pork Stew.  Like the country that inspired […]

Marmorkuchen – Marble Cake

Marmorkuchen – Marble Cake

  It’s been a year since I received, Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss.  And I’m happy to share, I finally rolled up my sleeves, tied on my apron and stained my first page.  The recipe I wanted to tackle first is found at nearly […]

Where Exquisite Chocolate & Whimsy Reside

Where Exquisite Chocolate & Whimsy Reside

Winds in the east, mist coming in, Like somethin’ is brewin’ and ‘bout to begin. ( Mary Poppins – Bert the Chimney Sweep )   Sitting on a pedestrian street in the shadows of the Marktkirche cathedral is a pint sized shop Mary Poppins and […]

The Toque of the Town:  Karl Müller & Co

The Toque of the Town: Karl Müller & Co

If your apron and cookbook wear stains with honor, then I suggest you do what cooks in Wiesbaden have done for 70 years, head to Karl Müller & Co. Tucked on a quiet lane under a striped awning you’ll discover a door leading to a […]